Minimizing

FOOD

Don’t expect to see many (read: ANY) food pictures or recaps during the week for the next few months. My early morning classes mean no time to document breakfast, lunch, or snacks. And, honestly, it’s going to take me a while to adjust to my new schedule and so my eats will probably be all over the place for a bit.

I may still post dinners Monday – Friday, but again, it really will depend on how the next few days go. Remember, it’s like I’m taking a full course load plus a part time job in addition to my training right now, so there may not be very much time to devote to the blog right now. Basically, don’t expect much and you won’t be disappointed!

Dinner was a smoothie and I actually have no idea what all I threw in there. Lots of odds and ends. I know that there was at least banana, blueberries, melon, and spinach, other than that I don’t really remember. I was a little confused and bummed that it didn’t thicken, even when I upped the amount of xanthan gum. I seriously have no idea why that happened as I’ve never had that issue before.

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LIFE

Thankfully, I woke up in a much better mood this morning than yesterday.

The textbook that appeared to have disappeared in transit to my house showed up late last night (UPS, I don’t like you nearly as much as USPS) and I should be having the physical copy of my Spanish textbook within the week, but in the meantime I have access to a virtual copy and I can still do all of my homework because I have the access codes. Bottom line: I am no longer stressing over these dumb books.

I think that people are actually more friendly in summer classes! I’ve already met and talked with a bunch of new, cool, fun people and I’m not nearly as introverted as I usually am given that this is only the second day of class. Yay bonding!

Boyfriend started his first day at the internship yesterday. He was so geeked it was adorable. He messaged me in his “first day attire” and we texted back and forth throughout the day. He gets his own little cubicle and a name tag and everything. And the best part is that he’s coming back down this weekend for my birthday! I still have less than zero idea of what I’m doing to celebrate. This birthday just seemed to creep up on me this year. I have nothing planned and aren’t looking forward to it particularly, but I guess I just don’t think that it’s that big of a deal anymore.

I’m mad about my bus being re-routed, but I think I have my new route figured out now so that I can at least get home at the end of the day. Although, if I ever miss I will have to wait almost an hour for another bus to come by. As long as the bus still stops where I’m told it would, I should be able to stop stressing out about this too.

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FITNESS

Fitness testing today for Kinesiology. The instructor had us see how far we can run in 12 minutes, how many crunches, burpees, and push-ups we could do in a certain amount of time, and how many times we could run 20-yds back and forth in 4 minutes. The running was no big thing, but it was those darn push-ups and burpees that kicked my butt! I did just under 1.5 miles in the run, 26.5 push-ups, I think 37 crunches, 36.5 20-yd touches, and 17 burpees. Let’s see how I do in a few weeks when we do it all over again!

I had planned on running 4 miles today as part of my training plan, but since I had already run 1.5 for class, I cut it down to 2.5 (so that it adds to 4) miles once I got home from work. I had asked Scott, who helps moderate #runchat, if splitting my run up would alter my performance and he was able to send me an article that pretty much said “DO IT!” and so away I went. It’s not that I have a problem with doing 4 all at once, but now that I have this KIN class I don’t want to overexert myself by thinking of it as just a class and that the workouts that I do in it don’t count, because they do!

If I had done both, it would have been like running 6 miles plus the other exercises that I had to do for the fitness test. That’s a lot for one day, I think, so I was really glad to read that article. I love running, but over-exertion makes me hate it. And I don’t want to hate what I love!

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Are birthdays a big deal for you and your family/friends? Do you usually throw a party of some sort?

Does splitting your run up into 2 parts – 1 in the morning, 1 in the evening – give the same benefits as it would if you ran it all at the same time?

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7 thoughts on “Minimizing

  1. I’m not positive about the performance benefits, but I’ve heard from numerous sources that breaking up any type of workout (10 minute intervals minimum) still has the same heart health-type benefits as all at once. I would assume it may not help your endurance as much, but you’ll be able to exert more force and energy into two separate runs (or so I would think) so maybe it would enhance shorter distance running?

    Just my thoughts on it, I’m no expert… two semesters before I can take Exercise Phys. 😛

    • My weekend long runs I still plan on doing all in one go, it’s just during the week when I have the class that I have to consider it. I mean, an extra 50-minute workout is kinda taxing on a body that’s not used to it!

      And that sounds like an awesome class! I would love to hear more about it when you take it and find out your textbook list.

      Are you back home for the summer yet?

  2. I never split my runs up… so I wouldn’t know. 😛 But when I’m training for something (half, marathon, etc) then I wouldn’t want to split them up for sure. (Like Daniel mentioned, endurance.)
    My family likes to go out to eat for birthdays.. that’s about it! For my last birthday, I spent the whole day lounging with my boyfriend. We went out to breakfast and made dinner at home, and out again for chocolates. It was great.
    Happy birthday!

    • I didn’t plan on splitting it up, but I really can’t help it now that I’m taking this class. I’m actually glad that I decided to count the fitness test because my body was pretty sore from everything that we had to do. Plus, I think I accidentally under-ate today so it probably wouldn’t have been smart of me to do more.

      My birthday is Sunday and I have no idea what to do with my boyfriend other than just hang out and, of course, SNUGGLE, haha. I like cooking for him and he doesn’t mind my vegan cooking, so even though it’s MY birthday I would love to cook for him.

  3. Sounds like you will have a lot on your plate! Good for you for putting the most important things first and for NOT stressing yourself out with trying to do it all. Your blog should always be fun, not like homework at the end of the day. So when you have time or want/need to blog, we’ll be here to read all about it!! I hope you’ll still comment on blogs/tweet when you have the time – I enjoy hearing from you!! 🙂

  4. Birthdays are so low key for us. We didn’t even celebrate mine last year. We just do presents, dinner, and dessert usually. No huge parties or events for us, we’re just not into that!
    I have no idea about the running question, though I do split my workouts up sometimes. During the summer I do it on days that I want higher milage, but I don’t want to deal with the heat, so I get some in the morning and some in at night. I also split up my runs on race days because I do a lot of sitting and waiting around before and after my race, so running in little spurts takes up some time.

  5. I have heard/read that splitting the run gives you the same benefits as running the whole distance at once. This should be applicable to any workout routines.
    Birthdays are not much of a celebration in my family. I usually don´t celebrate at all, even my close friends don´t know when my birthday is:)) My mom and dad only call me in the morning to wish me all the best and that´s it:)

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